Many of our gifts or benefits received can be traced to a sacrifice from someone. Our salvation, our country's freedom, things like scholarships and so many other benefits come through someone's sacrifice.
For many years in our family, my husband has worked especially hard to allow me to stay home when our children were young. We see sacrifice in our families, in the jobs we work, in our churches and community. But how often do we acknowledge these sacrifices? How easy it is to just accept the benefit without pondering where it came from.
Our greatest gift for Christians is our salvation and it comes from the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord giving His life to redeem us. Today we celebrate Veteran's Day where we stop and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice of those veterans who gave their life for our country. We also recognize and appreciate those who in the past or present serve in our armed forces. There is great sacrifice given daily and we appreciate it.
We are biblically encouraged to give honor to others. "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;" Romans 12:10. May we use this day to give honor, but may every day we find opportunity to be kind and give preference to each other. It's not just for holidays, but for a lifestyle which honors the Lord.